The First One
Workshop 1... Getting things going
Whenever you do something for the very first time it can be sort of scary and nerve racking. In this case it was because we'd never done something like this before and we didn't know what to expect.
Zayne Isaacs | Benfatto Nutrition
We, the agents, met up outside the Zone Fitness at the Cape Quarter Mall in Green Point where we kicked the morning training session off at around 8:30 AM. We met up with Francis and Adele, got our N.O. Pump and learnt quite a bit about Francis' PPS (Progressive Performance Strategy) training style.
He explained in depth the in's and out's of how the training system was developed. Definitely by far one the most fascinating training sessions I've ever had. The PPS training style requires immense focus and stability during each rep and works a lot with resistance. The movements are incredibly slow and painful once you start heading to the end of a set. Very different to anything I've ever done before. Where I'd usually increase the weight with each set, when performing the PPS training style I'd actually stick to the same amount of reps for each set.
The funniest thing is that when you're performing your set you look like a complete weakling, this was a joke going around while we were training. You see the whole point is getting the very best form while carrying out the exercise but at an incredibly slow pace. The only way to get this right is training with really light weights. We were training quads on the day we were with Francis and while I'm used to sometimes going up to 70 - 80 kgs with the leg extension, this particular time the highest amount of weight I'd push would be 20 kgs.
Pushing through the pain
Because your're pushing such light weight you're able to do many more reps, but the intensity of the pain is unbearable once you get to the end of your set. Because the movements are so slow that pain, while tensing and flexing, basically just sits in your muscles.
Overall the PPS system is great and it certainly works! All of the guys that made it through to the workshop were on their knees in pain. The N.O. Pump certainly helped while we were training and Francis was just amazing!
We'll be having loads more of these workshops in the future so be sure to keep coming back to check up on the latest Benfatto Nutrition events, seminars and workshops dates and locations.
Here are a few pics from the day
Zayne Isaacs | Benfatto Nutrition
ABS WORKOUT... THE ANSWERS!
Let’s talk about one of the main areas of concern for most people, Abdominals (abs). What I am going to say may surprise you, you can’t trim or burn fat on a specific area like the abs.
Benfatto Nutrition training guides | Written by Francis Benfatto
You can’t tone fat!
Fact 1: Fat is burned through aerobic workout and weight training. Through cardio exercise you will burn fat.
Fact 2: You can do all the sit-ups and leg raises you want; they will not help you to burn the fat on your stomach.
Fact 3: You will just develop the abdominal muscles and these muscles will push the fat outwards and you will always see the fat.
That’s it... case closed!
You have skin, fat, and muscle. To define your abs, you will need to do a cardio workout and build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more you burn; that’s it. So forget about pills, machines, secret abs workouts, etc. In addition, you need to have a good nutrition program, do cardio training and weight workouts.
What is the best movement?
The things you need to know are pretty basic. Every time your legs go to your body, you work the lower abs. Every time your body goes to your legs, you work the upper abs. It’s better to work the lower abs rather than upper for the following reasons. Have you ever seen someone with great lower abs and flabby upper abs? Never! How about someone with pretty decent upper abs and a paunch for lower abs? This is generally the case. An excellent exercise to work your lower abs is leg rises. Work three to four sets of maximum repetitions. Remember, when you start to feel the ‘burn’ you are just beginning to work the abs. Try not to stop when you begin to feel the burn!
You can progress from leg raises to basic crunches. Again three to four sets of maximum repetitions. An important safety tip is: don’t grasp the back of your neck and pull. Instead, cross your arms over your chest and try to imagine an apple held steady between your chin and your chest. This is how you should perform a basic crunch. Finally, if you already posses decent abs, you need to watch your calories, avoid fats, burn fat through cardio exercise and build your abs muscles with basic movements.
Supplementation is key to help accelerate the fat burning process through a process called thermogenesis Benfatto Nutrion's 'LIPOCUTS' does exactly that!
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